Croatian sensation in Winnipeg: Miočić vs Nelson, Pokrajac vs Jimmo! (VIDEO)

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 10.06.2013 18:12h Author:

UFC 161

UFC 161 is absolutely the biggest holiday for Croatian MMA fans in 2013. Stipe Miočić and Igor Pokrajac are on the main card of the big event in Canada's Winnipeg – Miočić as the co-main event against one of the world's best heavyweights Roy Nelson, and Pokrajac right before him in a bout with hometown striker Ryan Jimmo. Watch the live broadcast from the MTS Center only on Fight Channel PPV (MaxTV, Bnet) Saturday night/Sunday morning on June 16 starting at 4:00AM.

We've been waiting for a long time for this kind of a fighting treat: a spectacular main event in the form of a clash of two MMA legends Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson and two Croatians on a PPV main card. Canadian Winnipeg and UFC 161 will make our wishes come true and, hopefully, bring safety to the UFC careers of both Miočić and Pokrajac.

Both of them are, without any doubt, in for a big challenge, and they'll have to produce something amazing to win, since both "Big Country" and "Big Deal" are tough opponents. The UFC ranks Nelson as the fifth best heavyweight in the world, and the Croatian with an American passport is out of favor with the bookies as well. Still, Miočić – with the exception of his recent defeat by Stefan Struve – has spoiled us with some top performances in the Octagon. His wins over Joey Beltran, Philip De Fries and Shane del Rosario reveal us why many are already claiming he's the next contender in the royal heavyweight division. Nelson has a great run of three KO wins behind him, and a triumph against Miočić would definitely propel him among the potential contenders. Stipe, on the other hand, will seek the biggest win of his career, one that would secure him a safe status in the world's strongest MMA promotion in the long run.

Only one fight ahead  of Miočić vs Nelson, Igor Pokrajac, who can now already be considered a UFC veteran, will enter the ring in Canada. It will be the Duke's tenth walk-in, with the same number of wins, losses and an NC against Joey Beltran. This fight against Ryan Jimmo is the key to what follows in Igor's career. In case of a win, he'd have only one loss in the last six fights, which would probably secure him a new contract with the UFC. A defeat would push him down to uncertainty and anticipation as the American promotion has lately been letting go  even fighters with only two back-to-back defeats. But Pokrajac has shown several times by now that tough situations bring out the best of him, so there should be no doubt we'll see him fired up against Jimmo. The Canadian karate specialist has only two fights in the UFC , which makes him a lot greener than the Croatian. Still, the little we've seen of him so far is enough to prove that Pokrajac has a very difficult task ahead of him. Igor has additional motivation to avenge Australian Croat and his great friend Anthony Perosh, who Jimmo knocked out heavily in his UFC debut after only seven seconds.

The main card in Winnipeg will also offer great matchups between Pat Barry and Shawn Jordan in the heavyweight division, as well as the female bout between Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton. Of course, let's not forget the spectacular main event between former champ Rashad Evans and one of the most legendary and trophy-winning MMA fighters of all time Dan Henderson.

The fact that the preliminary card has fighters like Jake Shields, Tyrone Woodley, Sean Pierson, Sam Stout and Yves Jabouin speaks volumes of the strength of this event.

Don't miss UFC 161 and the fights of Pokrajac and Miočić, broadcast live on Fight Channel PPV (MaxTV, Bnet). The show starts at 4:00AM sharp on Saturday night/Sunday morning, June 16.

UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miočić
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Alexis Davis vs. Roxi Sexton
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan


Preliminary card:
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
Sam Stout vs. James Krause
Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire
Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague